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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Travel Photography | Postcard From Mount Kinabalu | Sabah

© 2013 Wazari Wazir | Lone Climber Descend at Mount Kinabalu Towards Timpohon Gate

“Photography is a funny thing. It is a way to capture a moment, explore the world, create art and tell a story. Its beauty lies in the feelings it conveys to the viewer, which can differ vastly from person to person. Yet a camera cannot truly capture all the human eye can see; the subtle changes of light, shades of color and depth of our view can never be fully realized in a frame.

And still, there is a beauty and magnificence that a single image can convey that is beyond description. It is a paradox and a challenge that photographers have been chasing since Niépce produced his first photograph nearly 200 years ago. 

The passion of the photographer is in the chase for that perfect image, the moment when anyone who sees it sits in silent awe and the artist finally smiles in satisfaction.”

- Anonymous -

The passion of the photographer is in the chase for that perfect image, the moment when anyone who sees it sits in silent awe and the artist finally smiles in satisfaction.

 

Travel Photography | Ramadan Festival 2014 | Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Ramadan Festival | Jom Buka Puasa | Kuala Lumpur | #VMY2014 | #Ramadan

2014 Ramadan Festival along Dataran Merdeka and Jalan Raja were organised by Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).  The festival was a spiritually-based programme to make Ramadan a month to foster the Islamic culture and arts among the general public. Actually this festival does not organised specifically for muslims only, tourist and passers by also can join this festival, they can join the queue and take some of the foods provided by the organiser and join the crowd.

Photography Tips | The Importance Of Negative Space in Composition

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Daily Life at Bario | Sarawak

Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It is about getting closer to the subject, get intimate with them, fills the frame , but then, every situation is difference. Sometimes you need to to get a little bit far away from your subject to tell the story better. Sometimes a distance subject, a smaller subject in the frame can makes a powerful looking photograph. Some people who saw this photograph might said that, why don’t I get closer to the man and the dog and just focus on him and the reflections on the water only. Well, that’s the beauty of a photograph, it depends on the story that you wanted to tell, here, I like to gives more room for a negative space. 

Now I’m going to write about negative space in photography . Negative space, by definition, is the empty space around the subject or focus of the photograph. it’s possible that just about every photo, even macro’s and tight portrait shots can have negative space. Negative space can be use to  draw your viewer’s attention to a subject, as well as invoke varying emotions. A small subject, like a lone fishing boat  in a vast ocean can easily be spot with the help of a negatives space, since there is nothing around but the boat.

 For the photograph above, my main focal point is the man with his dog there, the trees and the small hut there, help to put some content to the photograph above and the negative space there is actually a thick early morning mist. The mist is not my main subject but it is among the most important element here, in any photograph, we should have a focal point, a place, an object, or subject where viewers should focus after they wandering around within the frame.

So guys, next time, whenever you going out shooting, just keep in mind about allocating some space in your photograph, take tight shot, some loose shot and take a negative space also, the key point here in photography is try out different kind of composition, but before that, you also needs to know why you are doing that and you also need to know whether your composition will make your subject stand out better or you visual story stronger.

Bario Sarawak is known as a cool climate destination with an average of  20°C, it is situated at an altitude of about 1,100m above sea level  in the Kelabit Highlands and the early morning   thick mist is among Bario’s signature. 

If someone ask me, what’s Bario looks like in the morning, well, now you have the picture.

Photography Tips | Children Close Up Portraiture

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Close Up Portraiture of My Daughter Arianna

“I always felt like the close-up portrait was the most essential, the most valid picture out there, it was just all about the person, not about their clothes, not about the environment, not about their background, not giving any hints to their social status.”

Martin Schoeller - 

Lately I like to do some kind of environmental portraiture shot for my family picture, I like to have some kind of background story about whereabout my subject, the places they have been to, for an instance, but in doing so, the portrait, I mean the face of the person in photograph is a bit small in the frame.

Now enter close up portraiture, just like what professional photographer said in his quote above, when we took a close up portrait of a person, it was just about the person, not about their clothing, environment, background or their social status, it’s purely about the person.

Some people are a little bit afraid or feel intimidated when someone photograph them close up, well, it depend on your approach, I’ve photograph people at close up distance during my travel and with the right approach, it should be fine and doable.

Here I like to share with you just a little bit tips when photographing a children. First rule especially if you are photographing super active child that does not know how to stand still, make you that you are using suer fast shutter speed, in the photograph above I use shutter speed of 1/1250, with an aperture set at f/2. My one year old daughter, Arianna did cry in the shot, no, don’t get me wrong here, she is not crying because she is hurt or something, but simply she just wanted to be free.

I put her sitting on a falling log just outside my hose, her legs could not reach the ground, so that she can’t stand and running away from me, and that’s why she cried. I took the shot with 50mm f/1.4 lens but set the aperture at f/2. So the first rule is to use really fast shutter speed, but in doing so, you need to make sure that the area that you are going to photograph your children or someone else children is well lit, in a bright area, then only you can use fast shutter speed.

The second rules is that, if you are photographing a person with a wide  open aperture, you must be aware that the depth of field is very shallow, if you are photographing your subject, a little bit from the side, not exactly frontal where both eye were parallel, the you need to focus on the eye that is closer to the lens. In the photograph above, my daughter left eye is closer to the lens, so I set my focus point on her left eye, if you look closely, you will notice that, her right eye is a little bit out of focus. If both eye were parallel to the lens, then you won’t have this kind of a problem. I think you won’t have a problem photographing an adult with a parallel eye to the lens because they can follow order and can stand still for a few seconds.

The best close up shot is on location, I mean, get close up portraiture on the location, do not shoot loosely and then you crop it tight in the computer using photoshop, you will lose some details. Yes, you can vary your shot at the location, shoot some loose portraiture with a little bit background and then get close up, fills the frame with someone face or head. Do not afraid.  I think great close up portraiture woks best when the person being photograph shows some kind of emotion. Before you are going to photograph strangers in close up mode, you better start with your family and friends first. Get yourself comfortable photographing someone close up at a close distance, and your photographs will never be the same again.

Life is a Journey | Road Less Traveled | Bario Sarawak

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Road Less Traveled | Bario | Sarawak

“The Road Of Life Twists And Turns And No Two Directions Are Ever The Same. Yet Our Lessons Come From The Journey, Not The Destination.”

- Don Williams Jr -

It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction.  We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents,teachers, and other authority figures, who should know better from their experience.  Information is about facts.  Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive.  But no matter how much advice you get, you are the one who chooses which train to board.  As you pass through life, pay attention to the signs and stations; if you don’t like the scenery, pull the emergency cord and get off the train. There is no other conductor in charge.  There is no one who needs to give you permission to transfer. This is your life.  Your journey.  Your trip to conduct.”

- Bernie Siegel -

“Sometimes, while traveling on life’s journey, we get stopped by a bad attitude, which can cripple us.  It’s like having a flat tire that needs changing before we can continue on the road.  With our destination firmly in our minds, we must first pull over and admit that something in our lives needs to change. Then we must jack the wheel off the ground and life that situation to God in prayer.  After that we must remove the flat tire and replace it with a new one, substituting the wrong attitude with a positive one.”

- Barbara Johnson -